NYCxDesign Week - ICFF

A trip to New York for NYCxDesign led NewStudio Designers to the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF).

ICFF is North America’s premier trade show for contemporary design in 11 categories from furniture to materials to kitchen and bath to fabricators.  The 2017 show hosted more than 700 exhibitors from more than 30 countries. Some of our favorite finds follow:

ICFF is North America’s premier trade show for contemporary design in 11 categories from furniture to materials to kitchen and bath to fabricators.  The 2017 show hosted more than 700 exhibitors from more than 30 countries. Some of our favorite finds follow:

 

Bernhardt

Jerry Helling, president and creative director of Bernhardt Design, has established a long career of cultivating design talent and producing quality furnishings in the United States. He worked closely with Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia on the Neighborhood collection, which consists of 38 separate modular pieces. 

Jerry Helling, president and creative director of Bernhardt Design, has established a long career of cultivating design talent and producing quality furnishings in the United States. He worked closely with Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia on the Neighborhood collection, which consists of 38 separate modular pieces. 

Volk

Aligning with their philosophy of elegant wood furniture with unexpected details, their new pieces are no different. Each object features a simple, elevated shape with a playful mix of materials and finishes.

Aligning with their philosophy of elegant wood furniture with unexpected details, their new pieces are no different. Each object features a simple, elevated shape with a playful mix of materials and finishes.

Rosie Li – lighting

Rosie Li – lighting

Dedicated to design unique lighting from carefully selected materials.

Dedicated to design unique lighting from carefully selected materials.

Koncept – lighting

Koncept Gravy wall sconces come in multiple colors and can be mounted almost anywhere there's an outlet. They double as accent lighting and task lighting.

Koncept Gravy wall sconces come in multiple colors and can be mounted almost anywhere there's an outlet. They double as accent lighting and task lighting.

Secto Design

Secto Design creates works made of PEFC certified Finnish birch veneers that are form-pressed into blanks. The blanks are cut into slats, which are sanded and finally connected using rings of aircraft plywood. The slats are glued and nailed to the rings. All the work is carried out in Finland. 

Secto Design creates works made of PEFC certified Finnish birch veneers that are form-pressed into blanks. The blanks are cut into slats, which are sanded and finally connected using rings of aircraft plywood. The slats are glued and nailed to the rings. All the work is carried out in Finland. 

Molo Design

You can always count on Molo to lend an otherworldly look to the otherwise expected aesthetic of a trade show floor. The Canadian studio, led by Stephanie Forsythe, Todd MacAllen, and Robert Pasut, continues to push the possibilities with their core products while at the same time working hard to move forward into new realms.

You can always count on Molo to lend an otherworldly look to the otherwise expected aesthetic of a trade show floor. The Canadian studio, led by Stephanie Forsythe, Todd MacAllen, and Robert Pasut, continues to push the possibilities with their core products while at the same time working hard to move forward into new realms.

Olson Kundig

Smart move on the part of 12th Avenue Iron, an independent studio specializing in large-scale projects led by Stephen Marks and Mark Christiansen, to launch a collection with architect Tom Kundig, principal of the highly respected firm Olson Kundig. Kundig’s work in steel is well known and regarded in the industry as among the finest available.

Smart move on the part of 12th Avenue Iron, an independent studio specializing in large-scale projects led by Stephen Marks and Mark Christiansen, to launch a collection with architect Tom Kundig, principal of the highly respected firm Olson Kundig. Kundig’s work in steel is well known and regarded in the industry as among the finest available.

Poppy

Poppy is a wallcovering and textiles company.   The Poppy Collection is a developing series of prints by Jennifer Hunt. The collection is updated continuously although each design is always available and can be adapted for you and your client….

Poppy is a wallcovering and textiles company.   The Poppy Collection is a developing series of prints by Jennifer Hunt. The collection is updated continuously although each design is always available and can be adapted for you and your client….

BKLYN Designs Event

The NewStudio Brooklyn office attended the BKLYN DESIGNS event showcasing the creative work of artists, craftsmen, architects, and designers.  The purpose of this annual event is to celebrate the community of people who produce a wide range of products and ideas in the Brooklyn area.

Upon entering the Brooklyn Expo center, just a few blocks down the road from the Pencilworks office, a giant cartoon man soared above the visitors, welcoming them to the event as well as leading the way to food and refreshments.

Jon Mark was particularly excited about Still Alive Lights, a lighting company that 3D prints its fixtures (including the light bulb itself!) using a MakerBot.  It was interesting how the company used the technology to develop custom light fixtures for each of its clients.  Because of the rapid prototyping available with 3D printing, it’s possible to test and visualize multiple design ideas quickly. The booth also contained some take home swag in the form of a 3D printed ring that was designed to look like a bear.

Some of the other work on display included installation artwork, handcrafted furniture by a local craftsman in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Dumbo, and textiles inspired by Ethiopian landscapes.

The show reminds visitors that “Design Makes Us Human”, and the energy of the people and ideas being discussed at the event was truly a celebration of the creative spirit and ingenuity that can emerge from collaborative design.

Get to know... the Brooklyn Office

We now have three employees in the Brooklyn office! We asked them some hard-hitting questions, to discover more about our teammates out east...

 

CHRISTOPHER MOY

The newest addition to the Brooklyn staff is Chris Moy. Chris just moved to Brooklyn from Philadelphia, where he worked for famed retail and residential architect Peter Marino. 

Q: Chris, describe yourself in one sentence...

A: I'm the dog that's happy to lay in the sun all day taking naps, but also curious enough to go out and explore the world and chase down a squirrel.

Q: What do you love most about Brooklyn?

A: Everybody is a character!

Q: What is your favorite food?

A: Pizza (homemade on my pizza stone)

Q: If you could spend a day with any architect of designer throughout history, who would it be?

A: Oscar Niemeyer. What is it like to live for over a century? Tell me everything.

Q: Apple or Android?

A: Apple

Q: Finish this sentence... "It might surprise you to know that I ______ "

A: It might surprise you to know that I don't like coffee and never drink it (Sorry Starbucks!)

Q: What is your favorite writing utensil (every designer has one)?

A: Sakura Pigma Micron 0.01

 

JON MARK CAPPS

Our Senior Project Designer in the Brooklyn office, Jon Mark brings over 20 years experience to the table. Spending the majority of his life and professional career in New York, Jon Mark and his wife (also an architect) currently reside in Brooklyn. Talking with him about the City, and Brooklyn, I get the impression there's nowhere he would rather be.

Q: Jon Mark, describe yourself in one sentence...

A: I attempt to be passionate and genuine in all aspects of my life.

Q: What do you love most about Brooklyn?

A: It has everything that Manhattan does not without feeling like you are in a concrete jungle: great food, good creative energy, nice parks and museums and fun places to go out.

Q: What is your favorite food/favorite restaurant?

A: I’m a bit of a foodie and love all types of food, but if there was some common denominator it would have to be that I love a good steak and red wine. I’ve been to Peter Lugers but the 72oz (to be shared of course) ax handle rib eye at St. Anselms in Williamsburg is the bomb!

Q: If you could spend a day with any architect of designer throughout history, who would it be?

A: I do have a belief it is better not to “kill your gods” but given the opportunity it would have to be either Lebbeus Woods or Zaha Hadid. I would like to ask them, what on a personal level drives them to create. We all have projects that provide us with inherent challenges but deeper, what is the ideological framework they try to operate in and why is that relevant to the world we live, what haven’t they done they would like to and what do they do for fun outside of the profession.

Q: Apple or Android?

A: Apple

Q: Finish this sentence... "It might surprise you to know that I ______ "

A: ____am from a galaxy far, far away_____.

Q: What is your favorite writing utensil (every designer has one)?

A: Red Prisma color pencil(s)……usually used for mark-ups, but the lead consistency is great for sketching.

 

ELIAS VENERIS

Elias has been at the Brooklyn office the longest, so we know him the best. Like Jon Mark, he's also been in Brooklyn most (if not all) of his life. His two favorite things to do outside of the office? Snowboard and CrossFit.

Q: Elias, describe yourself in one sentence...

A: Someone who thinks positive in the sense that I can figure out the best way to solve a problem independently or collaborative.  Collaborating is the funner of the two and the most successful in my experience. (Editors note - Thats two sentences! But I'll accept "funner" as a word)

Q: What do you love most about Brooklyn?

A: It’s my hometown. Love everything about it, but most of all, it’s the old historic brick and brownstones that do it for me – ‘Brooklyn Charm’.

Q: What is your favorite food?

A: Pizza by Paulie Gees

Q: If you could spend a day with any architect of designer throughout history, who would it be?

A: Le Corbusier or Le Courvoisier as Kris Jenner calls him ; and would ask him, how would you measure your success after being the center of discussion on the Kardashians.

Q: Apple or Android?

A: Android!

Q: Finish this sentence... "It might surprise you to know that I ______ "

A: …am a CAD monkey!!

Q: What is your favorite writing utensil (every designer has one)?

A: Clutch Pencil (fatter version of the 2mm lead holder)

National Puppy Day @ MN Wild Game

The NewStudio staff and some friends and family attended the Minnesota Wild game last night against the Philadelphia Flyers (home team of our friends at Urban Outfitters). Despite the outcome (the Wild lost), we had a blast. Michael and his wife Kate introduced their baby Josephine to whole NSA crew. Our friend Ben brought his boys Parks and Grant to their first ever hockey game.  And the amazing "desert cart" came to the suite and gave us way too many options for "how to get fat in one sitting" (including a bowl of egg-less cookie dough with a serving spoon). All together, we had a great night in St Paul!

Next outing?? TCF Bank Stadium to see our other favorite team, the MN United FC!!

The view from our seats. I don't think you can find a better one at the Excel!

The view from our seats. I don't think you can find a better one at the Excel!

Most of the staff, and a handful of family and friends.

Most of the staff, and a handful of family and friends.

Coincidentally, Brodin and Olfosson were playing on the same D-line tonight. Mark and Sean just picked these jerseys because 25 and 23 are their lucky numbers.

Coincidentally, Brodin and Olfosson were playing on the same D-line tonight. Mark and Sean just picked these jerseys because 25 and 23 are their lucky numbers.

Mmmmmmmmm the Candy Cart. 

Mmmmmmmmm the Candy Cart. 

In honor of National Puppy Day.

"What are you going to do with all that string?"

The most frequently asked question at the Shanties this year! What are we going to do with all the string that adorned this years String Box Shanty? We can't tow it away from the beach with the doors open and the string hanging on the frame... and we don't want to throw it all away... so, lets get creative!

It took 3 garbage bags to collect all the yarn from this year's Shanty. 

It took 3 garbage bags to collect all the yarn from this year's Shanty. 

One of those bags exploded all over Monica's desk... weird how that happens when she's out of town.

One of those bags exploded all over Monica's desk... weird how that happens when she's out of town.

After cleaning up the mess, we set off to create the largest yarn ball we possibly could! Drawing inspiration from the World's Largest Ball of Twine in Cawker City, Kansas, we started tying pieces of yarn together and winding them into a ball. So far, we have a 9 inch yarn ball, and two bags of yarn to go!

After cleaning up the mess, we set off to create the largest yarn ball we possibly could! Drawing inspiration from the World's Largest Ball of Twine in Cawker City, Kansas, we started tying pieces of yarn together and winding them into a ball. So far, we have a 9 inch yarn ball, and two bags of yarn to go!

And of course, we regularly play with the ball... this is Adam getting ready for his tryout with the MN United FC, and a potential career change.

And of course, we regularly play with the ball... this is Adam getting ready for his tryout with the MN United FC, and a potential career change.

Follow our Instagram and Facebook pages to track our progress with the Largest Ball of Yarn project. We'll keep you updated on all the fun!

And once again, a BIG thank you to everyone who helped build the Shanty and make it one of the most popular and visually stunning Shanties at this year's event. Thanks for being a part of our Art!

A work of Art.... Shanty.

Since installing the String Box Shanty on the lake two and a half weeks ago, we've taken some amazing pictures, enhanced by the ever changing Minnesota weather conditions, foggy mornings and beautiful sunsets.

Here are a few of our favorite shots of this year's String Box Shanty...

A blank canvas.

A blank canvas.

A beautiful sunset over the lake.

A beautiful sunset over the lake.

Misty and rainy. Snow crystals forming on the string.

Misty and rainy. Snow crystals forming on the string.

A reverse view, looking from the String Box back at the Artist in a Box Shanty, which we have been using to stage the time-lapse camera (see below!).

A reverse view, looking from the String Box back at the Artist in a Box Shanty, which we have been using to stage the time-lapse camera (see below!).

Its amazing to see what people decided to do with their string. Only two rules! Just tie off the ends of your string, and leave one end of the shanty open. The rest is up to your imagination.

Its amazing to see what people decided to do with their string. Only two rules! Just tie off the ends of your string, and leave one end of the shanty open. The rest is up to your imagination.

Ok, this picture isn't real... but Monica did do an amazing job photoshopping Adam and the Shanty into this epic Mad Max scene! - Original photo credit to Warner Brothers.

Ok, this picture isn't real... but Monica did do an amazing job photoshopping Adam and the Shanty into this epic Mad Max scene! - Original photo credit to Warner Brothers.

And finally, the time-lapse video! Taken on Saturday February 11, 2017. 

Art Shanty 2017 | String Box Shanty

The 2017 Shanty is almost complete! It has been a six month process, from brainstorm sessions to finishing touches. 

Here's a look at our journey to build the String Box Shanty.

The concept is simple. Build the frame and let the participants build the rest. The steel frame has dozens of eyelets on each of the doors. When participants show up, we will give them a ball of yarn, and let them string it up in whatever pattern they like! Our hope, is that by the end of each weekend, the participants have basically created a cocoon around the box, connecting the doors and enclosing the walls with different patterns of yarn. We don't know what its going to look like, but we're excited to see the process unfold and to see the end result.

The first rendering of what we want the Shanty to look like. An open frame with eyelets to thread string through. At the beginning of the Shanty Program, the frame will be bare. As people show up, they grab a ball of string and thread it however they want through the blank canvas of the frame. We don't know what the end product will look like, but we think that's part of the fun!

The first rendering of what we want the Shanty to look like. An open frame with eyelets to thread string through. At the beginning of the Shanty Program, the frame will be bare. As people show up, they grab a ball of string and thread it however they want through the blank canvas of the frame. We don't know what the end product will look like, but we think that's part of the fun!

Kevin "The Welder" and Mark look over plans for the frame.

Kevin "The Welder" and Mark look over plans for the frame.

The frame is ready, delivered by Kevin. Off to its temporary home at White Bear Boat Works to get floors and a paint job.

The frame is ready, delivered by Kevin. Off to its temporary home at White Bear Boat Works to get floors and a paint job.

Like a glove!! The 2x6 cedar planks fit perfectly in the frame. Although this color scheme looks great, the floor boards will soon be stained black, and the frame will be white. Our goal is to have it look more approachable and less like the set of Mad Max.

Like a glove!! The 2x6 cedar planks fit perfectly in the frame. Although this color scheme looks great, the floor boards will soon be stained black, and the frame will be white. Our goal is to have it look more approachable and less like the set of Mad Max.

First layer of paint on the frame, and a look at the doors as we prop them open.

First layer of paint on the frame, and a look at the doors as we prop them open.

First coat of stain on the floorboards.

First coat of stain on the floorboards.

Painting and staining complete! Last steps before installation are to install the skis and screw down the floor boards.

Painting and staining complete! Last steps before installation are to install the skis and screw down the floor boards.

The Shanties will be installed on White Bear Lake (right off Ramsey Co. Beach, on the north end of the lake) on Sunday, and will remain on the lake until February 26th. 

Every weekend in February, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-4pm, the Shanties will be open to the public. Come out and take a look, visit with the artists, and participate in the event.

For more information on the 2017 Art Shanty Program, visit their website:

www.artshantyprojects.org

Art Shanty - Gallery of old Shanty Art

In anticipation of the upcoming 2017 Art Shanty event, Soo Visual Arts Center hosted an exhibit of pictures and parts from past Art Shanties, including some shots of our 2015 Curling Shanty and 2016 Artist in a Box Shanty.

Some shots of our 2015 (Curling Shanty) and 2016 (Artist in a Box) Shanties... and some fake beards.

Some shots of our 2015 (Curling Shanty) and 2016 (Artist in a Box) Shanties... and some fake beards.

Some pins, patches and bumper stickers, commemorating Art Shanties of years past.

Some pins, patches and bumper stickers, commemorating Art Shanties of years past.

Flier for 2015 Art Shanties.

Flier for 2015 Art Shanties.

NewStudio is excited to be part of the Art Shanty exhibit again in 2017. We are busy constructing our "String Box" shanty, getting it ready for installation at the end of the month. Without giving too much away, I will tell you that this year's shanty will be only partially complete upon installation. It is up to the creativity of you, our guests, during these four weekends in February, to help us finish the Shanty, and turn it into a work of art. The final design will be a collaboration between all of you, and all of us. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

The 2017 Art Shanty exhibit is on White Bear Lake, with parking available at Ramsey County Public Beach. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 10am-4pm on the following dates.

February 4-5, February 11-12,  February 18-19 and February 25-26, 2017

We hope you can join us!

Happy Holidays! 2016 NSA Holiday Card

Photography by Susan Theis

Photography by Susan Theis

We hope your holiday season is filled with friends, family, food and fun. Here's a look at the NSA holiday card that was mailed out earlier this week to our friends and colleagues.  They were a lot of fun to make this year, beginning with a photo shoot at Sean & Melissa's Manitou Island house, with photographer and friend Susie Theis (link in caption). Card design, graphics and copywriting are by Don Farleo at ADCo. and Tracy Maurer.

Happy Holidays everyone!

How to shop for a Designer | Holiday Edition

Are you trying to shop for someone with a keen eye for aesthetics? Someone who appreciates an item for its quality, uniqueness and design sometimes more than for the functionality or usefulness?

I happen to know a few people like this. I asked around the NewStudio office to find answers to the question... "What does a designer want for Christmas?"

Some of the ideas are surprisingly simple, playful and logical, while some are unique and beautiful. Here's what I found...

Dave:

I want a Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell! So I can tell the delivery guy to just leave the package by the door and get notified when its delivered!

Erin:

I like historical maps of cities I’ve traveled.  Legos are always fun and never go out of style.  I’ve always wanted an automatic car starter for these MN winters…

Marcy:

I want a Slight Design Solarpuff - Originally developed by Alice Min Soo Chun for a zero carbon alternative to conventional lighting and emergency relief after the Haiti earthquake, it is now available for purchase at a very reasonable price at multiple retailers.

Also, I want a compact, minimal table tennis game without the table to store (uncommon goods.com)

Monica:

Topo Designs Utility Bag – I need something to hold all my external hard drives.

NES Classic Edition – Because I’m just a kid that loves to play classic video games for hours.

Coco:

Well-designed jewelry…like the Tiffany's Paloma's Groove ring designed by Paloma Picasso. 

Michael:

Caran D'ache Fixpencil 2Mm 22 14Cm (a.k.a. - a fancy mechanical pencil) - The best lead holder. They come in colors now, and you can get colored lead for the adult coloring book fad.

The Anarchist's Tool Chest - By Christopher Schwarz (hardcopy)

By Hand & Eye – by George R. Walker & Jim Tolpin (hardcopy)

Melissa:

A 3-D pen! I really like the 3Doodler Pen Gift Set from Urban Outfitters.

Lindsay:

Shelia Hicks: Coffee Table Book - This book is filled with amazing art pieces by Shelia Hicks, but I think it’s a work of art in itself. 

MGPF Michael Graves: French Press - A functional {give me caffeine!}, but also beautiful piece for in the kitchen.

SHOES. I really like the Billy Ella Floral Burnout Velvet Booties from Anthropologie.

Happy Holidays from your friends at NewStudio. And good luck shopping for the designer in your life!

We Care | 2016

Wednesday night, a group of us headed to the Boys & Girls Club of Minneapolis to participate in an event called We Care. Sponsored and organized by Herman Miller, dozens of design firms across the twin cities volunteer to bring holiday themed arts and crafts to the kids at the Boys & Girls Club. We bring the ingredients, the kids get to build, design, assemble and decorate the final product, and bring it home to enjoy. This year we decided to make Jingle Bell tree ornaments, out of paper cups, pipe cleaners and small bells, and decorated with paint, ribbon and stickers.

Here are a few shots from the event. It was a ton of fun, and definitely worth the effort for us to see these kids enjoy their time at our craft table... 

Stickers, stickers everywhere...

Stickers, stickers everywhere...

So many options, thanks to the generous design community in the Twin Cities.

So many options, thanks to the generous design community in the Twin Cities.

One of our early visitors learns how to assemble his bell.

One of our early visitors learns how to assemble his bell.

So many stickers!!

So many stickers!!

Team NSA!! (Front Row, L to R): Melissa and Erin (Back Row, L to R) Engy, Maureen, Lindsay, Coco and Mark

Team NSA!! (Front Row, L to R): Melissa and Erin (Back Row, L to R) Engy, Maureen, Lindsay, Coco and Mark

Now Hiring | Brooklyn Office

Revit Technician

Revit Technician

We are currently seeking a Revit Technician to join our busy design team for our Brooklyn, NY office.  In this role, you will produce drawings in Revit for designer, architects, and/or senior architects on a large number of concurrent projects.  Ideal candidates will have at least three years of experience with architectural Revit markups.  Experience with specialty retail projects a plus!    


Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Produce drawings in Revit from mark-ups, verbal communication, or written direction provided by supervising architects, interior designers, and other disciplines as required.
  • Maintain standards put in place by the BIM Manager and report issues to the BIM Manager.  Drafting and design work being done for an architect will be under supervision of the architect, project manager, and/or group leader.
  • Produce graphs, charts, overlays, isometric and persepctive drawings; insert blocks, schedules, and details from specification sheets or directly in Revit. 

Qualifications:

  • Must have formal training in Revit
  • 4+ years of experience with Revit in a production environment in required

If interested, please email your resume and samples of relevant experience, both graphic and technical, and the date you are available to start work to jobs@newstudioarchitecture.com .

The position comes with an immediate start date.  We offer a full range of benefits.  

New Studio Architecture is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, status as a protected veteran or status as a qualified individual with a disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable Federal, State or Local Law.   

Recruiters, please do not contact this job poster.  Do not contact us with unsolicited services or offers. 

 

 

Now Hiring | Brooklyn Office

Architectural Designer

Architectural Designer

We are currently seeking creative, talented, and motivated professionals who are passionate about architecture and work well in a collaborative team structure for our Brooklyn, NY office.  You will be involved with every aspect of the project and work on multiple projects, collaboration at all levels and working closely with Senior associates and principals.  Duties include preparation of site survey, design, and construction documents.  You much be organized, highly motivated, and able to work independently.   


Qualifications:

  • Professional degree in Architecture
  • 7+ years of post-graduate experience
  • Strong design, technical, and graphic skills
  • 5+ years of experience with Revit in construction documentation production
  • Extensive experience producing and coordinating drawings sets, in all phases
  • Experience in construction administration
  • Commanding knowledge of NYC building codes and filing with DOB and LPC
  • Experience leading teams and producing schedules
  • Exceptional teamwork, organizational, and communication skills
  • Experience in specialty retail and commercial development

If interested, please email your resume and samples of relevant experience, both graphic and technical, and the date you are available to start work to jobs@newstudioarchitecture.com .

The position comes with an immediate start date. We offer a full range of benefits.

NewStudio Architecture is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, status as a protected veteran or status as a qualified individual with a disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable Federal, State or Local law.

Recruiters, please do not contact this job poster. Do not contact us with unsolicited services or offers.

Now Hiring | White Bear Lake Office

Architectural Designer

Architectural Designer

We are currently seeking creative, talented, and motivated professionals who are passionate about architecture and work well in a collaborative team structure for our White Bear Lake, MN office.  You will be involved with every aspect of the project and work on multiple projects, collaboration at all levels and working closely with senior associates and principals.  Duties include preparation of site survey, design, and construction documents.  You must be organized, highly motivated, and able to work independently.  


Qualifications:

  • Professional degree in Architecture
  • 7+ years of post-graduate experience
  • Strong design, technical, and graphic skills
  • 5+ years of experience with Revit in construction document production
  • Extensive experience producing and coordinating drawings sets, in all phases
  • Experience in construction administration
  • Commanding knowledge of building codes and filing with DOB and LPC
  • Experience leading teams and producing schedules
  • Exceptional teamwork, organizational, and communication skills
  • Experience in specialty retail and commercial development

If interested, please email your resume and samples of relevant experience, both graphic and technical, and the date you are available to start work to jobs@newstudioarchitecture.com .

The position comes with an immediate start date. We offer a full range of benefits.

NewStudio Architecture is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, status as a protected veteran or status as a qualified individual with a disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable Federal, State or Local law.

Recruiters, please do not contact this job poster. Do not contact us with unsolicited services or offers.

Small Business Saturday

A few of our favorite shops in White Bear Lake (Left to right, top row) John Henry, Primp, Good Things. (middle row) Washington Square Grill, Hi Tempo, Eat! (bottom row) Big Wood Brewery, Evans Music, Sail la Vie.

A few of our favorite shops in White Bear Lake (Left to right, top row) John Henry, Primp, Good Things. (middle row) Washington Square Grill, Hi Tempo, Eat! (bottom row) Big Wood Brewery, Evans Music, Sail la Vie.

White Bear Lake is a town full of fun and interesting small business. After the craziness of Black Friday, and the before the very impersonal Cyber Monday, is a recently created shopping holiday that we really enjoy, Small Business Saturday.

We want to encourage you to shop local this holiday season, and take advantage of the convenience of having so many great stores and restaurants right in White Bear. You don't get the same quality interaction with friendly employees at a big box store on Friday, or behind your computer on Monday.

Here are a few of our favorite White Bear area shops and restaurants. If you haven't been to some of these... take our word for it, and give them a visit this holiday season.

  • Good Things - Multiple shops around White Bear. Home decorations and gifts in one shop. Retail clothing and yoga in another. And most recently, the Good Kids store on Banning. Great for MN themed gifts, and fun unique gifts for your creative friend or family member!
  • Sail la Vie - Recycled sails turned duffel bags, totes and dopp kits. Brigid and Terry can make anything from a set of old sails! Visit their store on Whitaker St. by the Food Shelf.
  • Washington Square Grill - One of our most frequented local establishments. Great burgers, great tacos and fajitas, a variety of amazing craft cocktails and an ever-changing list of tap beer from craft breweries around the country. "No crap on tap!" At the corner of 3rd and Washington Square in downtown WBL.
  • Hi Tempo & The Footlab - The locally owned family ski shop. You're always greeted with a smile from owners Brad and Debbie when you walk into HT. Along with their knowledge of Hobie sailboats and kayaks, and skiing hardgoods, their expert knowledge of boot fitting and custom insoles has generated a following of skiers and runners from around the midwest, who come to town just to get their boots fit by Brad and his staff. Located on southbound Hwy 61, just south of Co. Rd. F
  • Eat! - Great sandwiches and salads, but also known for their awesome bakery items. Located on Banning and 5th.
  • Primp - An affordable women's fashion boutique, started by two local entrepreneurs. What started as a single store in St Paul, has grown into a healthy 8+ store chain across the metro. The White Bear location is on the corner of 4th and Banning.
  • John Henry - Primp's "brother" store, and neighbor on Banning. John Henry offers well made men's clothing and accessories. Their staff is so welcoming, don't be surprised if they offer you a Big Wood beer to sip while you shop!
  • Big Wood Brewery - White Bear's own micro-brewery! Although there's only one taproom (and a phenomenal tap room it is), you can find Big Wood brews all over the twin cities at your favorite liquor store. If you're looking to visit the tap room in person, feel free to BYO food! While the beer menu is full of variety, the tap room does not serve food. They do, however, encourage you to bring takeout or a snack from home while you enjoy one of their tasty brews. Located on 3rd St. between Cook and Banning.
  • Evans Music - A fixture in downtown White Bear, Evans has provided instruments, sheet music, lessons and repair to the northeast metro since 1978. With the unfortunate trend of music stores closing or moving away from the northeast metro (Schmidt's Music closing in Maplewood, and Eckroth Music moving its store to Roseville), Evans remains in its original location on 3rd St. and Washington Square.

These are just a few of our favorites here in town. There are many more fantastic restaurants, bars, salons and shops for all of us to patronize this holiday season. 

Enjoy the fresh snow and long weekend, and good luck on your search for holiday gifts!

A Feast to be Thankful for

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Every year at Thanksgiving, we get together with friends and family, tell stories and list the things we’re thankful for. But most importantly… we EAT!

We took a Thanksgiving Dinner poll at the NewStudio office. Here are some of the foods we’re looking forward to…

Erin - My mom’s cheesy potatoes.  Mashed potatoes are overrated.

Dave – Turkey & Gravy & Stuffing & Mashed Potato’s & Corn & Cranberry Sauce & Everything!

Mark – In general, I love stuffing. But my uncle makes, hands down, the best stuffing on earth. The special ingredient?? Spicy Andouille sausage.

Michael - Left-over turkey sandwiches, with mayo, jellied cranberry sauce, and stuffing. 

Monica - Sweet potatoes with marshmallows. Because who doesn’t love it?

Coco - I love dressing that has MN Wild Rice in it, but my absolute favorite is Green Bean Casserole.

Maureen - I didn’t realize just how much I liked Mashed potatoes and gravy (or how obvious it was) until the one Thanksgiving I “wasn’t eating carbs”. That’s when my shocked, and slightly disappointed, grandmother informed me she always makes extra mashed potatoes specifically for me on Thanksgiving because I always have extra helpings.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We hope your food tastes as good as this sounds.

 

Paint Manufacturers Announce Color of the Year 2017

Benjamin Moore       Shadow 2117-30

                                  Shadow is allusive and enigmatic – a master of ambiance.   

Sherwin Williams     Poised Taupe SW 6039

This timeless neutral is modern, classic and a beautiful balance of warm and cool.  although grey is still important, we have seen a significant shift in materials and finish color to warmer expressions of neutral.

 

PPG                             Violet Verbena PPG116

Violet Verbena is a gray-purple hue that idealizes the popular bohemian, “gypset” lifestyle. This nuanced update on a classic shade adds depth, luxury and pampering to every space, making it the perfect backdrop for consumers looking to blend the masculine, the feminine, the mystic and the modern.

 

 Glidden                      Byzantine Blue

The name may say blue, but Byzantine Blue is truly a purple in disguise. It stretches the boundaries of purple to borrow all of best qualities of blue and gray, making it an appealing color choice for nearly any room.

 

Olympic                      Cloudberry OL677.3

“Cloudberry is the perfect complement to the minimalist style that is strongly trending in the year ahead.” said Dee Schlotter, Olympic senior color marketing manager.

Pittsburg Paints & Stains    Silverado 7049-5

A deep, mystic purple that pairs perfectly with trending gray tones.“With hints of gray, Silverado fits perfectly in many different environments due to its versatility and neutral nature,” said Misty Yeomans, PPG color marketing manager.

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Pool Party

We definitely have some goofy personalities here at NewStudio. So when it comes time to take staff pictures, the boring norm won't do... we like to get creative.

We were drawn to Sean and Melissa's pool this year, to stage a classic Vanity Fair style pool party. We enlisted our friend, photographer Susie Theis to shoot the event. The results were fantastic, and very entertaining.

While the focus was on bigger group shots, Susie got some great candid's, and small group shots as well. Here's a look into the NSA Pool Party...

Apparently someone said something funny... (left to right) Maureen, Erin, Chris, Toua & Michelle.

Apparently someone said something funny... (left to right) Maureen, Erin, Chris, Toua & Michelle.

Our resident male model... Wale Falade.

Our resident male model... Wale Falade.

Croquet anyone? Monica, Mark, Adam & Michael

Croquet anyone? Monica, Mark, Adam & Michael

The official NSA mascot Holly, with Lindsay & Engy.

The official NSA mascot Holly, with Lindsay & Engy.

Laughs are contagious at a photo shoot... Brita, Lindsay, Holly, Engy & Michael.

Laughs are contagious at a photo shoot... Brita, Lindsay, Holly, Engy & Michael.

Right outside our office

One thing I love about the NewStudio Office is its proximity to the lake. It allows me to enjoy the scenery and do some kayak fishing before coming in to work.

This day, in particular, was beautiful. A great way to start the day!

Launching at Matoska Park, just a few minutes from the office.

Launching at Matoska Park, just a few minutes from the office.

Checking out the progress on one of our projects. Sean & Melissa's beautiful house and boathouse on Manitou Island.

Checking out the progress on one of our projects. Sean & Melissa's beautiful house and boathouse on Manitou Island.

Got one! Enough to go back to the office satisfied.

Got one! Enough to go back to the office satisfied.